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Oct 14, 2011 06:37 AM

Restaurant recommendation close to Avenue Road & Lawrence/Eglinton/Wilson area?

Hi All,

I have an event close to Avenue/Lawrence and we'd like to have a nice dinner prior as it's a cocktail/dessert event.

Just looking for something within easy driving distance of Avenue/Lawrence

It's just for a date, something delicious not too expensive.
It'd be nice to be out of there for around $100 or so.

Any recommendations?
Thanks so much

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  1. Rossini is the place I would recommend first: good and refined. 1988 Ave. Rd. (416) 481-1188
    Karbouzi (Greek Tavern) 2048 Ave. Rd - Very good, very simple decor, inexpensive
    The Copper Chimney (next to Karbouzi) - Indian - Very good
    More choices on Yonge: Amore Trattoria, 2425 Yonge St.- Very good - 416-322-6184
    Quince 2110 Yonge (416-488-2110)
    Zucca 2150 Yonge - Italian - Very good - 416-488-5774
    Simple Bistro 619 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-483-8933 -
    Hoping this will help.

    2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

    Simple Bistro
    619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

    Copper Chimney
    619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

    2048 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M4A6, CA

    1. The lobster trap is good but could be tipping the budget if you are planning on apps and dessert and wine, Il Fornaro is great and we got fresh bread out of the oven nice date atmosphere, Safari is o.k. I got the watermelon feta salad and it was disgusting there but everything else was good, Bistro on Avenue is like a bar inside but the prices and wings are great, Steak pit was good but may tip the budget.

      Safari currently has a $35 3 course price fix Harvest menu that looks appetizing.

      Il Fornaro
      1954A Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M4A1, CA

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      1. re: danionavenue

        Just a note to Staceyy that both Lobster Trap and Steak Pit are really old school places, so don't expect a hip, downtown atmosphere in either. :)

        My choices within the closest driving distance would be Copper Chimney up near Wilson, or head over to Yonge and go to Milagro for quite decent Mexican food (excellent ceviches and apps).

        Copper Chimney
        619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

        Steak Pit Restaurant
        1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA

        Lobster Trap Restaurant
        650 King St E, Gananoque, ON K7G1H3, CA

        1. re: TorontoJo

          The OP targets a strip not far from my humble lodgings. And whenever I'm feeling peckish on Avenue Rd., and am not in the mood for damn good Indian nosh at Copper Chimney, I lean to an under-the-radar, bistro-ish spot on the east side of Avenue Rd. about halfway between Lawrence Ave. and Wilson Ave., called simply Kitchen. Tasty, modestly priced, small but well-chosen menu, two can easily get out for less than $100, all in, even less without wine (seven solid house wines, mostly from California, at $20 per half-litre). Two soups and three salads on offer to start, two pastas at $13, an omelet at $15, and five or so other mains from a chicken dish at $20 to rack of lamb at $24. All imaginatively executed by the chef, who I suspect also owns the joint. Also some specials, always interesting. It's a small spot - just 30 seats or so - but tables are well-spaced. Popular with the locals, so it's wise to reserve. Clean, unfussy design. Warm service. I'm partial to the veal calf's liver with bacon and caramelized onions ($21), but everything I've had there has been well-prepared and satisfying. I assume you won't be ordering dessert, though the carrot cake there is mighty good. Kitchen is everything a good neighbourhood joint should be - it won't wow you, but you'll dine very, very well. I've never had a bill there for more than $100 - and it's often substantially less.

          Which is more than you can say for some of the other suggestions above, specifically Lobster Trap and Steak Pit, good at what they do, but places that can rack you up pretty good. I find Rossini old-school-Italian kinda cornball, though it has been around a long time, so it must be doing something right. Don't know Karbouzi, find Safari very, very average, but okay if you're not too fussy, as is Bistro on Avenue. Il Fornaro, in my view, is neither here nor there. Some of the other mentions, though ordinarily good
          choices, can put you over $100 for two, and are out of your designated area anyway.

          1. re: juno

            I just went to Kitchen for the first time this evening, and am most happy that I finally got around to trying it (based very much on your recs over the last year). What a great little neighbourhood spot! Small, simple menu with a decent amount of variety. Friendly service, too. We found the food fresh, well prepared and tasty. The two of us each had 3 full courses, and 2 glasses of wine each. Our bill, with tax came in at $98. Really, really reasonable. Good carrot cake, too! We'll definitely be back regularly. Nice to find another comfy spot in the hood. Now I just need to try Vivetha for dinner (brunch is good value).

            2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

        2. re: danionavenue

          Safari is not that great. Bistro's wings are great but the place is more like a pub. It all depends if you are looking for something unsophisticatedor not.

          1. re: lamaranthe

            Thanks everyone, this really helps! :)